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Tudor Heritage Chronograph Blue at Baselworld 2013

Thought it was interesting to reblog this review of the Tudor Heritage Chronograph Blue, so soon after looking at the Steinhart Racetimer Chronograph…

The Measure of Time

tudorheritageblueTudor Watch Company, the slightly more outgoing younger sibling of Rolex, has released a new version of its popular Heritage Chronograph, this time with an emphasis on blue. The new “Blue” is a modern reinterpretation of the famous Tudor “Monaco” style chronograph watch introduced in 1973. Available for a limited number of years, the original model has become a collector’s item among knowledgeable Tudor collectors.

The new model features a stainless steel bracelet as well as a handmade cloth strap in corresponding colors to the dial’s own blue, orange and gray color palette. The movement is an ETA 2892, modified by Rolex and with an additional chronograph module made by Tudor. The new Tudor Heritage Chronograph Blue is currently being shown at Baselworld 2013, the International Watch and Jewelry show held annually in Basel, Switzerland. It should be a tremendous hit in the United States when Tudor arrives here later…

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Steinhart Racetimer Chronograph

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Steinhart  has released it’s newest model inspired by automotive racing and without doubt some famous race-related watches of eras gone by that have recently been released with great success. Clearly the Tudor Heritage Chronograph in blue springs to mind.

The Racetimer features a 44mm case (16mm thick) which is made from titanium, and is powered by the ETA Valjoux 7750 (elabore grade) automatic movement. The movement features a golden rotor with the Steinhart logo cut out and this can be seen through the exhibition caseback.

The contrasting colours on the sub dials makes those dials stand out from the small seconds, and (in the case of the blue and white dial) brings the timing function very quickly to the forefront, which would of course be of critical importance in a racing situation (he says somewhat tongue in cheek) . Additionally, you have a color-matched tachymeter inlay in the stainless steel bezel.

Colour is definitely something you have some choice with here as well. I am torn between the  classic blue-and-white combo and the brown dial with darker brown and cream accents. However, there is also a grey dial with black and white accents. As well as the choice in color, you can choose to pair the watch with a leather strap with contrast stitching, or a titanium bracelet.

I was pointed at this watch by a fellow watch enthusiast and I have to say this for me is the most exciting watch I have seen this year. I like the style, I like the quality of the finish and I like the value for money that is inherent in all of Steinhart’s watches. This really is a watch that has gone to the top of the “We Wants Muchly” list here at Beastie Folly.

The price is 890 EUR including VAT, which is superb value for a titanium cased valjoux powered chronograph. Yes Please!  More Photos and technical deatils after the break. Continue reading


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Longines Hydroconquest 2013

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HydroConquest – a colourful performance in the diving world

This is one of the watches that really caught our eye at Baselworld earlier in the year. It is an appealing combination of a prestige brand with an attractive sporty divers watch that is also pitched at a reasonable price. Consequently it sits firmly in our “We Wants Muchly” section.

Founded in 1832 in Saint-Imier, the famous Swiss watch brand Longines can boast a long tradition characterised by the elegance and performance of its products. Those values are perfectly represented by The Longines Sport Collection. The HydroConquest line is dedicated to men and women looking for a high performance timepiece that combines technical innovation and elegance. Longines now extends this line with new models in bright colours.

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Diving watches “par excellence”, The HydroConquest series aims to become the preferred watch of divers and aquatic sports enthusiasts. With a screwed crown, a screw-down case back and the lateral crown protection, these timepieces assure a water-resistance of 30 bar (300 meters). All the models are equipped with indispensable safety devices such as a unidirectional rotating bezel coloured in red, black or blue, hands coated with Super-LumiNova® to make sure that the time can be read in all conditions and a bracelet with double safety diving folding clasp and diving extension.

These rigorous guarantees of uncompromising safety fit in with the harmony of the silent world. The performance of these models perfectly compliments the elegance that Longines stands for. The new models of the HydroConquest line have a round steel case and a diameter of 39 mm or 41 mm. The 3-hands-models are equipped with an automatic or a quartz movement while the HydroConquest chronographs are available either with the L688 column-wheel movement exclusively developed for Longines by ETA or a quartz movement. The dials in black, white or blue feature bright details in red and – depending on the model – 8 to 11 Arabic numerals. The bracelets are made of steel or rubber in black.

Whether it is to discover the mystic sea world or to have a sporty statement on the wrist, the new HydroConquest models with a touch of color perfectly represent Longines’ know-how in the world of sports.

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HydroConquest – a colourful performance in the diving world

Founded in 1832 in Saint-Imier, the famous Swiss watch brand Longines can boast a long tradition characterised by the elegance and performance of its products. Those values are perfectly represented by The Longines Sport Collection. The HydroConquest line is dedicated to men and women looking for a high performance timepiece that combines technical innovation and elegance. Longines now extends this line with new models in bright colours.

Diving watches “par excellence”, The HydroConquest series aims to become the preferred watch of divers and aquatic sports enthusiasts. With a screwed crown, a screw-down case back and the lateral crown protection, these timepieces assure a water-resistance of 30 bar (300 meters). All the models are equipped with indispensable safety devices such as a unidirectional rotating bezel coloured in red, black or blue, hands coated with Super-LumiNova® to make sure that the time can be read in all conditions and a bracelet with double safety diving folding clasp and diving extension.

These rigorous guarantees of uncompromising safety fit in with the harmony of the silent world. The performance of these models perfectly compliments the elegance that Longines stands for. The new models of the HydroConquest line have a round steel case and a diameter of 39 mm or 41 mm. The 3-hands-models are equipped with an automatic or a quartz movement while the HydroConquest chronographs are available either with the L688 column-wheel movement exclusively developed for Longines by ETA or a quartz movement. The dials in black, white or blue feature bright details in red and – depending on the model – 8 to 11 Arabic numerals. The bracelets are made of steel or rubber in black.

Whether it is to discover the mystic sea world or to have a sporty statement on the wrist, the new HydroConquest models with a touch of color perfectly represent Longines’ know-how in the world of sports.

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Technical Sheet

Reference numbers
Steel models, quartz movement

L3.688.4.03/19/53/59.6 Ø39 mm
L3.688.4.53/59.2

L3.689.4.03/53/59.6 Ø41 mm
L3.689.4.53/59.2

Steel models, mechanical movement
L3.694.4.03/13/53/59.6 Ø39 mm
L3.694.4.53/59.2

L3.695.4.03/13/19/53/59.6 Ø41 mm
L3.695.4.53/59.2

Calibers

Quartz movement:
Caliber L263.2, Ø39 mm
Caliber L115.2, Ø41 mm

Mechanical self-winding movement :
Caliber L619.2 (ETA 2892/A2)
111/2 lines, 21 jewels, 28’800 vibrations per hours
Power reserve : 42 hours

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date

Case
Circular, steel, Ø39 mm or Ø41 mm
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Screw-down case back, screw-in crown with protective shoulder
Unidirectional rotating bezel

Water-resistant
To 30 bar (300 meters)

Dials
Blue, 11 Arabic numerals, with Super-LumiNova®
Blue bezel

Cream, 11 Arabic numerals, with Super-LumiNova®
Black or red bezel

Black, 11 Arabic numerals, with Super-LumiNova®
Black or red bezel

Hands
Rhodium-plated, with Super-LumiNova® on hours and minutes

Bracelet / Strap
Steel or black rubber, double security folding clasp and integrated diving extension